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King William County, Virginia
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King William County, Virginia Facts

When was King William County, VA Created?
King William County was established on September 12, 1701 from King and Queen County . This county was named for William III of England.

What is the County Seat of King William County, VA?
The County Seat is located in King William also, the county government website is .

What counties are adjacent to King William County, VA?
Bordering Counties are Caroline County (northwest), King and Queen County (northeast), New Kent County (south), Hanover County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in King William County, VA?
Cities and towns located in King William County include West Point and King William.

King William County, VA Vital Records

Where can find King William County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
King William County vital records can be found at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) Office of Vital Records which has Birth and Death Records since June 14, 1912 and copies of Marriage and Divorce Records since 1918 to present. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Virginia for current fees and application process.

You can search online for King William County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also order Order Electronically Online or you can download an application for copies of King William Co. Virginia Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

The Archives Division has copies of surviving birth and death records for the period 1853 to 1896 and marriage records prior to 1936. Another resource is the King William County Health Department, 172 Courthouse Lane, P.O. Box 155, King William Courthouse, VA 23086; 804-769-4988, 804-843-3422

King William County, VA Census Records

What King William County, VA census records are available?
There are many types of census records for King William County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1790 (destroyed), 1800 (destroyed), 1810, 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

King William Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. King William Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. King William Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. The Slave Schedules exist for 1850 & 1860. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Virginia Census Records Research Guide

King William County, VA Courthouse and Government Records

KingWilliam County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the KingWilliam County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in KingWilliam County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Virginia Corthouse Records Research Guide.

The King William County courthouse, erected early in the second quarter of the 18th century, is one of the older courthouses still in use in the United States. This T-shaped building was constructed of brick laid in Flemish bond, with an arcade imitating the first capital in Williamsburg. One of the best preserved of Virginia's colonial courthouse buildings, it features fine Georgian brickwork. About 1840 the courthouse was enlarged with a unique stile and a brick wall was erected to enclose the court green. Its rural historic setting is a rare survival.

  • King William County Clerk of Circuit Court serves as custodian of all county court records, and is responsible for providing access to those court records by court personnel, the legal community and the public.
    • Address: 351 Courthouse Lane, P. O. Box 216, King William, VA 23086-0216
    • Phone: (804) 769-4936
    • Marriage Records: 1786 
    • Land Records: 1701
    • Court Records: 1701
    • Probate Records: 1701
  • Virginia Land, Marriage, and Probate Records, 1639-1850
  • Using County and City Court Records in the Archives at the Library of Virginia
  • County and City Research in Virginia Guides and Indexes - County and city records document the daily activities of the courts in Virginia's counties, independent cities, and towns. The Library of Virginia houses both original and microfilm records for many of Virginia's counties and independent cities. The guides list will help researchers navigate the complex variety of county and city records in the Library's collections. It includes County and City Records at the Library of Virginia, Using County and City Court Records, Chancery Cases, Judgments, Lost Records Localities database and Burned Jurisdiction database.
  • Virginia County Records, Volume, VI, VII , IX, X - The records in these series were compiled as part of a series known as the Virginia County Records . The volume includes wills, land grants, and marriage bonds as well as other miscellaneous information on early Virginia settlers.
  • BLM Land Records

King William County, VA Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for King William County, VA?
A list of King William County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Virginia Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other King William County, VA Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in King William County, VA?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to King William County. A lot of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Personal Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some call for a fee. This is just a listing which has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

King William Co. VA Books, Newspapers & Publications

King William Co. VA Church / Bible Records & Cemeteries / Graveyards

King William Co. VA Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

King William Co. VA General and History Websites

King William Co. VA Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

King William Co. VA Military Records

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